Zip-lining: enjoy a birds-eye view and protect the rainforest in Laos

Published in The i on April 10, 2017

To one side, the rainforest stretches away in folds of blue-green to the horizon. On the other, a 120m waterfall crashes down a vertical rock face, so close I can feel the spray on my face. And below? Just empty space and rushing air, between me and a canopy of the lush trees. This feels about the closest a human being can get to flying – and is certainly the closest you can get to the heart of the pristine jungle of Laos. Continue reading “Zip-lining: enjoy a birds-eye view and protect the rainforest in Laos”

New Mexico: painting a picture of O’Keeffe Country

Published in Evening Standard on July 4, 2016

“When I got to New Mexico, that was mine. As soon as I saw it, that was my country.” So said Georgia O’Keeffe, the American modernist artist. She may be best known for painting flowers but a new exhibition at Tate Modern will illustrate just how important her adopted home was; six rooms are dedicated to paintings of New Mexico. Continue reading “New Mexico: painting a picture of O’Keeffe Country”

Cooking lessons in Thailand: Could a dream holiday end in kitchen wars?

Published in The Independent on Sunday on February 7, 2016

When I moved in with my boyfriend, Sam, two years ago, one division of labour was easy to agree on: we would take turns to cook. There would, under no circumstances, be any attempt to make dinner together.

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Tierra Chiloe, Chile – hotel review

Published in The Independent on Sunday on January 23, 2016

You might not expect an angular wooden box to fit in on the pretty island of Chiloé. But while Santiago-based architect Mobil has created a striking silhouette, the design references the charming vernacular architecture of the local villages: its raised-up structure nods to the palafitos, houses on wooden stilts over water. The building is weather-proofed in the traditional way, with shingles made from larch, and with its raised position come views over the archipelago – also named Chiloé. Continue reading “Tierra Chiloe, Chile – hotel review”